Entertainment / Arts

Bollywood film on former PM Manmohan Singh stirs controversy before election

Views - 4 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): A film that casts opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and his family in an unflattering light ahead of a national election later this year has kicked up a controversy ahead of its release on Friday. Commentators on social media and telev

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’,‘Green Book’ win Golden Globes on night of upsets

Views - 8 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): The Golden Globes gave Queen musical “Bohemian Rhapsody” its top prize on Sunday in an unexpected victory over romance “A Star is Born,” and named 1960s segregation-era roadtrip“Green Book” the best comedy or musica

Lady Gaga, ‘Roma’ shine at nice over nasty Golden Globes

Views - 6 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Lady Gaga won the first of what is expected to be several Golden Globe awards for “A Star is Born” on Sunday, for her original song “Shallow.” The pop superstar is also a favourite to take home the best actress Globe fo

Savoy Premier debuts in Rajagiriya with touching first screening for children from homes

Views - 12 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

Savoy Premier Rajagiriya opened its doors to the public on 20 December with a touching gesture that unveiled the magic of 3D cinema to children from institutionalised homes in the locality. In what was an emotional first screening at the cinema th

Margot Robbie to play Barbie in doll’s first live-action film

Views - 9 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Australian actress Margot Robbie is to play Barbie in the first live-action feature movie about the iconic and controversial doll, who has enjoyed multiple careers in her 60-year lifetime. Toymaker Mattel and movie studio Warne

Dialog Axiata presents BnS celebratory concert ‘Oba Nisa’

Views - 413 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

Premier connectivity provider, Dialog presents the ‘Oba Nisa’ concert, the 20th anniversary celebrative concert of Sri Lanka’s most loved singing duo, BnS (Bathiya & Santhush). The concert will go live at the iconic Nelum Pokuna Theatre from 10

American science fiction action film “Bumblebee” in 16 Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 15 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

American science fiction action film “Bumblebee” will be screened in 16 Sri Lankan cinemas from today (4 January). The theatres are Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Empire - Colombo, MC Cinemas – Colombo, Milano 2 – Kegalle, Scope Cinemas (CCC) ATMO

Certificate in Acting Program 2019

Views - 50 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Are you keen to study drama? Are you hardworking and ambitious to become a competent actor on stage, television and cinema? Then the Certificate in Acting program conducted by Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) or popularly known

Dr. Asit Roy and Dr. Podminee Dey to perform Hindustani classical and semi-classical music

Views - 11 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre(Indian Cultural Centre), High Commission of India, Colombo will be organising an evening of Hindustani classical and semi-classical music concert by Dr. Asit Roy and by Dr. Podminee Dey from the Department of Mus

Kim and Kanye expecting fourth child

Views - 13 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Los Angeles (Reuters); Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting a fourth child - again using a surrogate, according to multiple media reports on Wednesday. Celebrity magazines Us Weekly and People quoted sources close to the couple as saying the s

Seylan Bank Annual Christmas Carols for 28th consecutive year

Views - 10 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Seylan Bank recently held its annual Christmas Carols under the theme ‘Christmas Celebration from the Heart’ to usher in the festive season. A highly-anticipated annual event, which is now in its 28th year, the carols were held at the Seylan Towe

NDB ends 2018 on high note with Kiddies Party and Carols

Views - 14 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

The NDB Staff Recreational Club ended 2018 on a high note with the Kiddies Party and the annual NDB carol service. The Annual NDB Kid’s Party was held with the participation of the NDB staff and their children at the Thurstan College Grounds. The N

Savoy Cinemas opens Savoy Premiere in Rajagiriya

Views - 87 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

Savoy Premiere Rajagiriya, the latest addition to the Savoy Cinemas chain, opened for the public with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’. Bringing world-class entertainment in 3D and 2D closer to moviegoers in suburban Colombo, the launch of Savoy Premiere,

Hutch Customers join Aquaman’s journey across the seven seas

Views - 21 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

DC’s long-awaited live-action movie Aquaman is finally hitting theatres in Sri Lanka and Hutch brought exciting news by hosting another exclusive Hutch Movie Night for its loyal customers who had eagerly looked forward to this latest Hollywood bloc

Western Sydney playwright Shakhti on bringing Sri Lanka into Australian story

Views - 22 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

www.smh.com.au: Shakthi has always known that the stage is the kind of space on which complex truths could unfold. The artist and playwright, whose formal name is S. Shakthidharan, remembers watching his mother, a classical Indian dancer who moved to

‘Aquaman’ debuts at No. 1 with $72 million, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ beats ‘Bumblebee’

Views - 15 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com): Jason Momoa’s“Aquaman” is the King of the Seven Seas – and now the box office. The DC adventure dominated in North America with a splashy $72 million debut, including previews. That’s a hefty start during a month

Head of Rothschild in Russia pens fairy tales between flights

Views - 12 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

MOSCOW, REUTERS: Giovanni Salvetti, the head of Rothschild in Russia and CIS, takes five flights a week in his job managing the bank’s operations from Kazakhstan to Ukraine. In-between time, he has written a book of fairy tales for his children.

Duruthu Udanaya New Year’s Eve Party at Amaya Hills

Views - 14 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

Another season and another year comes to an end. While they send you very warm season’s greetings, Amaya Hills remain ever so grateful to their patrons, well-wishers and friends as always. And this year is no exception as they begin their countdown

Conventions M.I.A for Sri Lankan-born ‘popstar’

Views - 25 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:40

www.smh.com.au: Mathangi Arulpragasam came to London from Sri Lanka as a refugee with her mother, brother and sister when she was eight. Her father, a founding leader of the Tamil Tigers, stayed to fight; the children scarcely knew him. Mouthy young

Water’s Edge presents the best New Year’s Eve party, featuring the legendary Marians and Misty

Views - 39 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:37

With the Merry season coming to a close, the peak of every year is seeing dawn in just a few more days. The perfect occasion to celebrate a joyous and rich new year has always been a hard choice to make, and Waters Edge is here to ease the process. W

Galadari to celebrate an unforgettable 31st Night

Views - 21 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:37

The Galadari Hotel will bid adieu to 2018 in grand style with celebrations climaxing till dawn. The Coffee Shop will party the night away with a gala dinner and Lobby dance with the band Heart N’ Soul and Effex DJs keeping the crowds entertained to

New Year’s Eve at Mövenpick Hotel Colombo

Views - 40 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:36

Usher in the New Year with a bang at the Mövenpick Hotel Colombo. A final festive flurry before the fairy lights come down and the January diets commence! Cheer in the New Year at Colombo’s highest rooftop bar as Vistas brings you an unforgettable

New Year’s Eve at ME Colombo, the city’s latest party hotspot

Views - 195 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:33

This New Year’s Eve, party at the MY Rooftop of Colombo’s latest boutique hotel, ME Colombo. Welcome 2019 in style with friends and family and make it a night to remember. Featuring much-loved entertainer DJ KC, the NYE party is priced at Rs. 5,0

The judgment inspired film-maker Chandran Rutnam to take on ‘According to Matthew’

Views - 33 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

When popular Sri Lankan Film Director Chandran Rutnam sets out to shed light on the biological, psychological and environmental influences that shaped the character of the well-known priest, he found himself face to face with one of the most terrifyi

Subaskaran’s Lyca Productions pushing the boundaries of innovation with 2.0

Views - 22 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

2.0, the magnum opus of Lyca Production is India’s first movie shot in 3D with a budget of over $ 85 million, the most expensive movie thus far and it’s already breaking records with a Rs. 120 crore earnings on advance bookings becoming the first

The launch of ‘Donald Trunk and The Curse of Crabzilla’

Views - 39 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

What do a top art director; top hotel and travels chairman, top white tea plantation manager and top photojournalist have in common? They are all coming together in one of the top hotels in Galle, Jetwing Lighthouse with top new children’s book cha

‘Aquaman’ at CCC Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema

Views - 213 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

‘Aquaman’ is showing at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema from 21 December. Aquaman is a 2018 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the sixth

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ at CCC Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema

Views - 53 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ is showing at Colombo City Centre Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema from 14 December. ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics charac

Love or lust? – That is the million dollar question

Views - 52 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Colombo is abuzz with talk of events from the past; the Rev. Fr. Matthew Pieris saga seems to have been given new life with the screening of the controversial film, ‘According to Mathew’. Alston Koch who portrays the role of the fearsome priest s

3D epic adventure ‘Mortal Engines’ in 14 Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 57 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

3D epic adventure ‘Mortal Engines’ will be shown in 14 Sri Lankan cinemas from today (14 December) providing excitement in this festive season. The theatres are Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Empire – Colombo, MC Cinemas – Colombo, Milano – Keg

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Why Gota gave me a ‘Gotler’ feeling

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Bourgeoisie venues It is no accident that presidential-candidate hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa holds his Viyathmaga meetings in bourgeoisie spots. Once, it had been Shangri-La. Last Saturday, 12 January, it had been Waters Edge. Gota’s speech offered

A lie is also a truth

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a determined contender for the presidency. His trenchant lecture to activists of the Viyathmaga forum demonstrated the man’s spiritedness and impulse to act. He is a driven man. What drives him? Ancient Greeks developed the co

Morals and ethics take a nosedive in Sinhala-Buddhist Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

As a Sri Lankan first, as a member of the predominant ethnic community, Sinhalese, as a follower of the Buddhist philosophy and as a grandmother, I have taken it upon myself to address the youth and young adults of Sri Lanka, amongst them – the fut

Politicians and cricketers: Expected role, selection and performance evaluation (Part 1)

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

I am an apolitical person. I am neither a political analyst nor a sports analyst. However, I closely observe both activities. I attentively observed recent political turmoil in Sri Lanka from a remote location via mass media. I watched the performan

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